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Dixie Divas: The glamour of grammar, Southern-style

Someone wrote to complain about my grammar. This isn't new, though it doesn't particularly irritate me. This gentleman was especially kind in his admonishments, noting first and foremost how much he enjoys my writings.

May 01, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: An obituary artist

A friend of mine, who has a penchant for sending along lovely, thoughtful gifts, outdid himself a while back. The contents of the package quickly became one of my favorite gifts ever.

April 24, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Getting through by helping others

It's just funny, I guess, the way I get caught up in the lives of other people, folks I don't even know.

April 17, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: King James and Will

Perhaps you've heard. It's been the source of newspaper, magazine and television stories as they all pay tribute to the anniversary of the King James Bible. It's a sprightly 400 years old.

April 10, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: ‘Smiley Cake’ was an Easter tradition

It started with Mama. All good stories and jokes in our family, including me, started with her.

April 03, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Empty house tells of a family's sadness

For a long time, I've driven past that house and thought how happy it looked. Isn't it funny how you can look at a house and know that laughter rings within its walls?

March 28, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Marrying a mean woman

Now, we all knew that wasn't going to work. Not for one cotton-picking minute did we think that those two could say "I do" and keep that vow until one of 'em stopped breathing.

March 20, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Washing up the dishes

A friend, en route from Charlotte to Atlanta, stopped to spend the night with me. I knew she needed more than a comfortable bed. She needed a hot meal. That's Southern hospitality as we've been taught to practice it - the comforts of our home shared with a friend.

March 13, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The great debate ends

It's been almost 30 years since Debbie and I, as school girls, began the great debate. Over the ensuing years, we have each stood firmly on what we believed to be true. There was no compromising, moving on or being reasonable.

March 06, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Call me old-fashioned

I have always believed - old fashioned though it may be - that when it comes to courtship, men should be the pursuers. The way that I see it , a woman's place is to wait on a man's attentions, not throw herself in front of him, jump up and down, flail her arms and make sure he notices her.

February 28, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Whatever you do, don't ever call me 'Granny'

When you've known someone since you were teenagers and have shared deep secrets ranging from boys to money to worries and wishes, you think you know them well and that there is nothing they can do or think that will surprise you. That would not be the case with Karen, one of my two best friends.

February 21, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Daddy was sentimental, sort of

I never took my daddy for the sentimental kind. And in this assessment, I was not alone. He was a man's man with a generous heart and compassionate spirit, but sentiment seemed to have no place in his life.

February 14, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Missed opportunities

Over lunch, Debbie and I were having a conversation about someone we knew in our youth and were wondering what had happened to him.

February 07, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Pretty or not

In a recent conversation, a guy friend commented on seeing someone, saying, "She was in evening makeup."

January 31, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Adventure in baby-sitting

If you ever hear that I have been baby-sitting, know this: It was an absolute act of desperation on the part of the mothers. It means there was no other option.

January 24, 2012 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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Dixie Divas: Loss of parents and wisdom

There are few who cannot say truthfully they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

July 29, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The joy of pinto beans and corn bread for supper

One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

July 22, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The ones who lift you up lead you to your success

Over the years, I've crossed paths with many people who were extremely successful as well as some who were such miserable failures that, as Mama liked to say, "ain't worth the breath they draw."

July 15, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: The parable of planting an apple tree

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn't turn out well.

July 08, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Fitting the pieces of life's puzzles

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it's been seven or eight years. I hadn't thought about it in almost that many years, but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life's journey can be so fascinating.

July 01, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Southern obituary call tree

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a longtime friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times I know the person, but sometimes I don't have a clue the person ever existed.

June 24, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

June 17, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: Having a love-hate relationship with air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her.

June 10, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


Dixie Divas: A lifetime of making bad decisions

When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.

June 03, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column


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